Across their handful of singles and EPs, and teasers from their forthcoming debut album, Sløtface have become a band of many faces. From the huge, fizzy pop of ‘Take Me Dancing’ to the socially-conscious, biting ‘Magazine’, the four Norwegians have always managed to marry their anger and their joy perfectly.
On ‘Pitted’, the third taster of ‘Try Not To Freak Out’, they’re the kid being a grump, opting for the sofa and Netflix over a nauseating number of Jagerbombs, only to be convinced out anyway, and ending up having one to remember.
Haley Shea then proceeds to rattle through the track full to the brim with youthful abandon and unbridled energy, if feeling a bit sicky after too many glasses of fizz: “Why did no-one warn me about the dangers of playing I Have Never with prosecco…something’s definitely bubbling up” she winks.
Like all the best nights though, she stumbles out of the door eventually, doing her best dad dancing and shouting at the DJ to play Beyoncé. From the soaring highs to the (potentially vomit-inducing) lows, Sløtface perfectly capture the essence of being young and reckless. On last track ‘Nancy Drew’, they paid tribute to the fictional American detective and took aim at anything in their devastating path; here, they celebrate both the joys and pitfalls of going out and getting absolutely trolleyed.
Everything that’s brilliant about this band is crushed down into two-and-a-half minutes of the best punk-pop we’ve heard so far this year: snarling, hooky, sarcastic and life-affirming at once, ‘Pitted’ indicates that Sløtface’s upcoming debut album will be one to treasure.